The party of reform?
Newly elected House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has his reform work cut out for him, given the pushback from House Republicans on Wednesday concerning the most minor rules changes regarding former members-turned-lobbyists visiting the House gym and floor.
“The Republican caucus made clear on Wednesday that it’s resistant to some of the easiest changes Congress could make to reduce the influence and access of lobbyists,” said Common Cause President Chellie Pingree. “How many members of Congress have to be indicted before their colleagues ‘get it?’ There’s a dangerous pay-to-play culture flourishing in Washington and it must be stopped. Congressman Boehner promised to be part of the solution. He clearly has his work cut out for him.”